Clinical Negligence

William has specialised in clinical negligence for over 25 years. He represents both claimants and defendants and has great experience in all types of clinical negligence actions including cases against hospitals, general practitioners and associated healthcare professionals. He is acknowledged as having an excellent grasp of medical issues.

He has appeared in clinical negligence cases in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords (Gregg v Scott).

In PQR William negotiated a settlement for a brain-damaged claimant where the causation case was complicated by the unrelated presence of Septooptic dysplasia and a chromosomal defect.

William has been involved in recent cases involving allegations of negligence within many fields, including:

  • Genetic counselling and evaluation
  • Fetal anomaly scanning
  • Obstetric and neonatal medicine
  • A missed ectopic pregnancy causing a rare neurological syndrome
  • Missed meningitis
  • Inadequate treatment of infections
  • Serious spinal injuries
  • Delayed primary care referral for cancer
  • Missed septic arthritis
  • Delayed treatment of a cardiac arrest
  • Negligent amputations
  • Alleged negligence in a laryngectomy for laryngeal cancer causing total paralysis of the tongue
  • Quantum only dispute arising out of obstetric negligence where the claimant would in any event have been adversely affected by a genetic condition (Noonan’s NF Syndrome)

William also has an interest in medical product liability claims, having acted in several group actions (including the Oral Contraceptive Pill, MMR and Depuy Hylamer prosthetic implants cases) and has advised in relation to various medical and surgical products, including the use of transvaginal mesh.

Selected Cases

  • Coe v [2018]: Whether the occurrence a complication that was nowhere recognised in the extensive available literature as being liable to occur even without negligence  was  a sufficient event to prove negligence.
  • Moore v Plymouth (2016): William successfully defended a Trust against an allegation of femoral nerve damage during minimally-invasive knee replacement surgery.
  • Hall v Thomas and Everton Football Club [2014]: allegedly negligent treatment of a professional footballer ending a career in football.
  • Dhillon v MUMS (2014): He successfully represented the defendant in a case concerning an allegedly negligent fetal anomaly scan.
  • Gregg v Scott: [2005] AC 176 (HL): acted for the defendant at first instance, in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords. Leading case on loss of a chance damages.
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